Comedic legend Sid Caesar dies

Updated: Thursday, February 13 2014, 08:28 AM EST
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LOS ANGELES (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - American comedic legend Sid Caesar has died.

Caesar was best known for his classic 1950's TV variety shows and was a popular mainstay on the small screen for decades.

Isaac Sidney Caesar was born to Jewish immigrants in Yonkers, New York.

He joined the Coast Guard prior to World War II and began performing in military revues.

After the war, he traveled between Hollywood and New York, working on Broadway as well as the new frontier of television.

Sid Caesar died after a brief illness at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91.



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ROBERT REDFORD - DIVERSITY

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